Army foils infiltration bid along Line of Control in Rajouri

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 17, 2013 09:59 hrs

Jammu: An infiltration bid by a group of five militants was on Sunday foiled by the Army which launched a massive search operation along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri sector of Jammu and Kashmir.

"A suspected move of a group of four-five persons was detected by alert army troops along the LoC at Hamirpur area, Balakote sector of Bhimber Gali Brigade, Rajouri at early hours today," PRO Defence S N Acharya said.

"Immediately, the surrounding area was cordoned off. The infiltrating group was challenged by our troops," he said, adding that the men thereafter took cover in the bushes and opened fire on the troops.

The troops then fired back in the direction from where the movement had been observed, Acharya said, noting that the intermittent firing continued during the night.

"The exchange of fire stopped at around 0600 hours today. The intruders probably retreated taking advantage of the darkness, thick vegetation and ground topography," the PRO said.

A search operation was launched at day-break to detect any injured person, or any leftover stores in the vicinity, he said, maintaining that the search operation was still in progress.

However, there bad weather conditions were coming in the way of the operation, an Army officer said.

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